If you build engines, professionally or recreationally, there is an event being held September 16 – 21, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina that is aimed directly at you. The 2019 Race Engine Challenge, Presented by VP Racing Fuels and the Technical Engine Conference combines an engine dyno shootout with a list of heavy-hitter speakers from the engine building industry giving lectures on a variety of subjects.
The competition portion of the event will pit 16 competitors against one another in a dyno shootout. All of the engines will be naturally aspirated domestic V8 mills, ranging in displacement from 370 to 510 cubic inches. A maximum valve lift of .775 inches, maximum 12.0:1 compression ratio, and VP MS109 race fuel will keep the playing field competitive, while the engine scoring will be weighted based on displacement.
Each competitor will be given 10 dyno pulls – with the engine’s horsepower measured between 4,000 and 7,500 rpm – and the best three pulls will be averaged, and then weighted by displacement for a final score. Entries will be placed in one of two categories for competition – canted-valve, Hemi, and non-linear headed engines will be grouped together, and all inline-valve entries will compete together.
Between the 160 dyno pulls during the six days of the event, there will be hour-long seminars given by leading experts on subjects like interpreting dyno results with Harold Bettes, high-performance engine coatings with Techline Coatings, header fabrication with ProFabrication, racing fuel and lubricant choices with VP Racing, an in-depth five-hour block from David Vizard, a panel discussion on EFI and carburetors, along with much more than can be listed here.
For more information on the lineup of speakers and topics, or the competitors and their combinations, check out the Race Engine Challenge, Presented By VP Racing website.